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AOPA building case against customs

Article | Jun 27, 2013

The Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have responded to AOPA with a call from the Freedom of Information Office, promising to explore the delay in responding to AOPA’s letter to acting Customs Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski. AOPA isn’t waiting for answers and is building a case against CBP to take the issue to the next level.

CBP streamlines overflight exemption applications, rules

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Streamlined applications and Customs procedures should improve the Southern Border Overflight Exemption process.

AOPA demands answers on aircraft searches

Article | Jun 19, 2013

A federal agency chartered to secure national borders has been working inland, targeting general aviation with no clear authority.

Fresh reports of aircraft searches, CBP has little to say

Article | May 23, 2013

AOPA coverage of general aviation aircraft searches conducted by federal officials prompted similar reports, but the government has yet to explain the practice.

Pilot detained, searched for mysterious reasons

Article | May 16, 2013

A routine stop led to an extensive search of aircraft and occupants, a practice that may be becoming a (troubling) routine.

Customs fixes Florida delay problems

Article | Apr 30, 2013

After pilots were forced to sit in their hot aircraft for hours on the ramps of Florida airports of entry waiting to clear U.S. Customs in late March, AOPA contacted the Customs and Border Protection national headquarters to investigate.

Aircraft ‘sequestered’ in long waits to clear customs

Article | Apr 03, 2013

AOPA has asked officials to explain whether a spate of recent “very negative” experiences for pilots clearing U.S. Customs at southern airports of entry were isolated events or—more ominously—symptoms of post-sequester operational chaos.

Pilots wait hours to clear customs, cross border

Article | Mar 25, 2013

Pilots trying to clear customs to return to the United States are feeling the effects of sequestration up close and personal—sometimes stuck in their aircraft for hours before being permitted to deplane. Rick Gardner, AOPA’s authorized representative for the Bahamas, Mexico, and Central America, contacted AOPA staff from Fort Lauderdale Executive after waiting in his aircraft for more than two hours to clear customs.

Internationalbrief

Article | Mar 24, 2013

Brief: Modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights The modified rules issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) affecting private aircraft on international flights goes into effect on Dec. 18 and becomes mandatory on May 18, 2009.

ForeFlight crosses a frontier

Article | Mar 13, 2013

When Frontier Airlines announced that it had begun an FAA-approved program to evaluate Apple iPads as electronic flight bags in its cockpits, the news marked a new frontier for a maker of intelligent apps for general aviation pilots.

Customs, control tower cuts hitting GA airports

Advocacy | Mar 12, 2013

Federal budget cuts mandated by sequestration have begun to make their presence felt in reduced Customs and Border Protection and FAA control tower schedules at general aviation airports including some of the most heavily used facilities for international flights in Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas.

Organizing a Fly-Out to the Bahamas

Article | Dec 15, 2012

For pilots living in colder climates this time of year, the idea of a quick jaunt to a tropical island for a few days would be the perfect holiday gift. But you don’t have to live where it’s cold to take some R&R in a tropical paradise. The Bahamas is a year-round destination for two clubs are based at Page Field (KFMY) in Fort Myers, Florida. The Sundowners and the Fort Myers Flying Club hosted their latest Bahamas Fly-Out the weekend of the Dec. 7 - 9.

Mexico eyes advance passenger information system

Advocacy | Oct 17, 2012

Mexico's government has proposed establishing an advance passenger information system (APIS) for flights entering and exiting the country, but the plan has quickly raised concerns about "unworkable" procedures and pricy penalties for pilots who fail to comply.

Power loss over rough seas

Article | Sep 13, 2012

Stanley E. Shaw and his adult son sat in the cockpit of the Cessna 185 floatplane, tossed about by six- to eight-foot swells. A sudden loss of power had forced an emergency landing off the California coastline.

AOPA helps Congress battle regulatory 'tsunami'

Advocacy | Jun 11, 2012

AOPA, responding to a congressional invitation to identify regulatory drag on jobs and the economy, named six existing or proposed regulations threatening the well-being of the $150 billion general aviation industry.

AOPA tells New Jersey, 'Wait a minute'

Article | Jul 28, 2003

Debra A. Firman, Acting Deputy Administrative Practice OfficerNew Jersey Department of TransportationDivision of Policy, Legislative and Regulatory ActionsBureau of Administrative Practice and Public Law Implementation1035 Parkway AvenuePO Box 600Trenton, NJ 08625-0600 Re: Proposed Readoption with Amendments: N.J.A.C.

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge

Article | May 20, 2003

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge The Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Homeland Security Council, has made the decision to raise the national threat level from an Elevated to High risk of terrorist attack or Level Orange. The U.S.